'Exciting to play on difficult tracks'

'Exciting to play on difficult tracks'

South Africa captain Hashim Amla refused to be dragged into the clamour surrounding the pitches in the ongoing Test series. He instead found the experience of playing on spinning tracks “exciting.”

Amla had called the pitch at Nagpur the toughest he had batted on but never complained about the nature of the surface. He maintained his stoic silence even with ICC match referee Jeff Crowe calling the pitch at Nagpur “poor” in his report.

 “Whatever the ICC says, we will leave it at that. Whatever has happened in Nagpur has happened. We are looking forward to this match," Amla told reporters.

Asked about his experience on playing on rank turners here, the Proteas captain replied: "It is very exciting. It is a lovely challenge facing good bowlers on difficult tracks. These are the type of wickets where you never quite get set. You can scratch around to get some runs. Lot of young guys will have experience of playing on these tracks.”

Amla said his team was well prepared for the fourth Test which is just two weeks away from the England series. "It is very important to get back to the winning ways ahead of England series in two weeks' time. There are no freebies in Test cricket and important to make it 1-2,” Amla said.

“Preparation has been very good. I don't think whatever happened in the last Test match will have an impact on the team. It was a difficult Test match for everybody. We have tried to prepare as best as possible on all areas. Unfortunately, the results have not justified it."

Asked whether he had seen the surface at Kotla, Amla had a tongue-in cheek answer: "Had a look at it yesterday. Didn't see it today as I came straight here. Wicket can't be changed overnight.”

Their experienced leg-spinner Imran Tahir was brought late into the attack by Amla but managed to get a five-wicket haul.

"The reason I use Imran late is because my experience with him tells me that he does have a tendency of leaking runs although he picks up a wicket here and there,” reasoned Amla.

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